Sheffield actor Sean Bean will carry Kell Brook’s IBF international belt to the ring on Saturday night as the hometown fighter takes on Carson Jones in an official World title eliminator.
Brook and Jones headline the bumper ‘Edge of Glory’ bill with five title bouts and a host of hot young British talent in action, with Sky Sports 1HD live from 8pm.
Bean rose to fame with his performance in the TV series Sharpe which led to the 53 year-old landing roles in Hollywood hits Patriot Games, James Bond’s GoldenEye, opposite Robert de Niro in Ronin and the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Born and bred in Handsworth, Bean even starred as a striker for his beloved Sheffield United in When Saturday Comes, and this Saturday he’ll be leading the line for Brook as he takes on his biggest test so far.
“I’m really proud to be asked to carry Kell’s belt into the ring on Saturday,” said Bean. “He’s Sheffield through and through just like me and the whole city is behind him on Saturday, so I’m honoured to be leading him to victory.”
Welshmen Gavin Rees and Kerry Hope defend their European belts against Derry Mathews and Greg Proksa, Lee Purdy defending his English welterweight title against Chris Johnson and Ryan Aston challenging Curtis Valentine for the Midlands Area middleweight title.
Team GB star Kal Yafai makes his professional debut while former teammate Scotty Cardle continues his progress in the pro ranks, and there’s a first outing under new promoter Eddie Hearn for Liverpool’s popular super middleweight Rocky Fielding.
Tickets for Kell Brook vs. Carson Jones are on sale now priced £30, £40, £60, and £100 from the Motorpoint Arena Sheffield box office on 0114 256 5656 and at www.motorpointarenasheffield.com